Home game question - it's gotten out of control
I tried to find a thread about this using the search function, but didn't come up with anything. Apologies if something similar has already been discussed.
I have a standard $1/$2 home game that uses standard casino rules except that we raise the max buy-in as the night progresses as opposed to a set limit. We used to set a limit but people didn't like it because at the end of the night, you would always be stuck playing short-stack poker against some monster stacks, which we all know is a disadvantage. By the end of the night, we usually allow a buy in of about $400, where as the max buy-in at the beginning of the game is $200, with a few people buying in for $100. It's a friendly game, and everyone is very cool about raising the limit when someone wants to buy in for more.
The problem is that we have some people that have started playing with us that have a lot of money and are playing very loose and aggressive, and the money is getting out of control. One time, we had two people go all-in heads up preflop for $1400 each, and neither of them had an Ace (KK vs. JJ). Another night, we were nine-handed, and four people lost over a thousand. Obviously, it was their choice to play that amount. I just want to illustrate how crazy it's gotten.
A few of the other folks who regularly play in the game have expressed that they don't comfortable playing anymore because the money has gotten too high for them, and a couple of them stopped playing already.
I don't want my friends to stop playing or quit early, because it is after all a home game and we're there to have fun. On the other hand, if people want to play loose, they should be allowed to do so. Has anyone in this forum encountered the same issue, and if so, was there a solution? Should we put back a hard limit on how much you can buy-in? Are there other rules that we can use to limit the craziness? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.